The Talented Mr Ripley (15)

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The Talented Mr Ripley (15)

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  • Director Anthony Minghella
  • Origin Italy/US
  • Year 1999
  • Duration 139 minutes

Part of Adapting Highsmith: A Season of Patricia Highsmith Adaptations

After the Oscar-laden success of his Michael Ondaatje adaptation The English Patient, Anglo-Italian filmmaker Anthony Minghella tackled a very different literary source – the book that first introduced Tom Ripley. “I loved the tone of the novel” he said, “airless, alienated, uncomfortable, claustrophobic, lonely and also quite harsh”.

Casting Matt Damon as the protagonist opposite Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow, Minghella sought to be more faithful to the original text. than Rene Clement’s Plein Soleil, a film he nonetheless keenly admired.